so everyone's heard the joke why did the chicken cross the road? to get to the other side... well someone just told me the true meaning of it, its a euphemism for death...
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"Why did the chicken cross the road?" is a common English language riddle/joke. The answer (or punchline) is: "To get to the other side".
* 1 Origin
* 2 Variations
* 3 Other types
* 4 References
* 5 Further reading
The origin of the riddle is obscure. It appeared in 1847 in The Knickerbocker, a New York monthly magazine:
...There are 'quips and quillets' which seem actual conundrums, but yet are none. Of such is this: 'Why does a chicken cross the street?['] Are you 'out of town?' Do you 'give it up?' Well, then: 'Because it wants to get on the other side!'
The joke may already have become widespread by the 1890s, when a variant version appeared in the magazine Potter's American Monthly:
Why should not a chicken cross the road?
It would be a fowl proceeding.
There are many riddles that assume a familiarity with this well-known riddle and its answer. One class of variations enlist a creature other than the chicken to cross the road, in order to refer back to the original chicken joke. For example, a turkey or duck crosses "because it was the chicken's day off," and a dinosaur "because chickens didn't exist yet."
Punning variations include "Why didn't the skeleton cross the road?" to which the answer is "Because he had no guts", and "Why did the chicken cross the road halfway? To 'lay it on the line'." Some variants are both puns and references to the original joke, such as "Why did the duck cross the road?" "To prove he's no chicken."
Another class of variations, designed for written rather than oral transmission, employs parody by pretending to have notable individuals or institutions give characteristic answers to the question posed by the riddle. As with the lightbulb joke, variants on this theme are virtually endless.
An episode of the HBO series Braingames once featured several bad jokes as winners of a write-in contest. One was "Why did the turkey cross the road? To get to Mexico, where they don't celebrate Thanksgiving."
 Other types
There are also some jokes that use the "Why did the chicken cross the road" riddle as part of their humor. An example of one is as follows: A cow and a chicken break out of jail and a road is the only thing between them and freedom. The chicken then tells the cow to cross it, but says that he will turn back. When questioned why, he answered that if he crossed the road, it will raise many questions.
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